Abu Dhabi - Medium pacer Mohammad Abbas took his maiden ten-wicket haul in a match to fire Pakistan to a 373-run win over Australia in the second Test in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
Chasing a mammoth target of 538, Australia were reduced to 164/9 in their second innings to lose the match and the series after lunch on the fourth day.
Underrated and seemingly forgotten in Australia's preparations, Mohammad Abbas had the last laugh when he claimed top honours in Pakistan's Test series victory in the UAE. Though Australia, at 155/7, would be forced to ask for a limping Khwaja's contributions at the face of a defeat, the left hander is hardly expected to repeat his first Test feat. At the time of writing, Pakistan are in a commanding position versus Australia, they have taken a mammoth 420 runs in the 2nd Test.
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"The way Abbas has bowled all series is one of the biggest positives for us", said Sarfraz. In successive overs, he first got one to cut in viciously and beat the inside on Aaron Finch's defence to trap him plumb and went a step better to fox Tim Paine, who completely misjudged the line and length to leave a ball and watched it crash into his off-pole.
Sydney's Daily Telegraph gave five players a fail mark for the two-Test Pakistan series - Marsh and his all-rounder brother Mitchell, and bowlers Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc and Jon Holland.
Earlier on the second day, the hosts had bowled the men from Down Under for a paltry 145 in response to their first innings total of 282, with seam bowler Mohammad Abbas the chief destroyer with figures of 5/33, ably assisted by Bilal Asif, who took 3/23.
Both the teams now play a series of three Twenty20 internationals with the first in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.